All enquiries to the Section Co-Ordinator: Mrs Jo Highley, 01548 830800, Email
Where Levels are given rather than grades, the approximate levels are:
- Beginner: Pre Grade 1 & Grade 1; Elementary: Grades 2 & 3
- Intermediate: Grades 4 – 6; Advanced: Grades 7 & 8
- Open: Post Grade 8
Where reference has been made either to a specific grade, or to terms such as elementary, intermediate etc, or to a level expressed in Grades, it is expected that entrants, parents, and especially teachers, will bear in mind that it is in the spirit of the festival to try to adhere carefully to the standards suggested by the the relevant grade. If in any doubt about the level of a piece then teachers should not hesitate to contact the Keyboard Section Co-ordinator who will be happy to give guidance.
Whilst it is obviously acceptable to play an exam piece in the festival, wider repertoire is strongly encouraged, in the context of the above advice.
Candidates may play only one piece in each class, unless the description of the class expressly states otherwise.
Within any class, the adjudicator will pay more heed to the standard of the performance than to the level of difficulty of the piece.
Adjudicator: Timothy Barrett ARAM, GRSM, LRAM, ARCM, LmusTCL
Timothy studied on a Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, winning many major awards, and completed his studies with Vlado Perlemuter in Paris and Geoffrey Parsons. He has toured and broadcast extensively in the UK and abroad as soloist, accompanist and chamber music player. Whilst still a student he developed a special interest in song accompaniment through playing for Masterclasses at Aldeburgh, subsequently partnering such artists as Dame Felicity Lott and Robert White. In addition, instrumentalists he has worked with include Jack Brymer, Bradley Creswick and Haaken Hardenberger. Teaching forms a major part of his musical life and he works with pupils of all ages and levels from beginner to post-graduate. He was Head of Keyboard at Dulwich College for almost 25 years whilst also teaching at the RAM and TCM and now pursues a busy freelance career.
An ABRSM examiner since 1991, he is also a Trainer, Moderator and Mentor. Other work for the AB includes co-writing the Board’s Teaching Notes on Piano Exam pieces, selecting the graded Piano pieces and presenting Seminars. He frequently directs Masterclasses for performers and teachers’ workshops in the UK and Far East and is in demand as a Competition and Festival adjudicator.
He was awarded the ARAM in 1996 in recognition for distinguished service within the music profession.